The Villa in the Woods: Eco-Friendly Himalayan Retreat
Step into The Villa in the Woods by Studio Lotus, a modernist masterpiece nestled in the Himalayan Kumaon range in Matial, Uttarakhand, India. Elevated at 6,700 feet (2,042 meters), this house epitomizes sustainable luxury, blending innovative design with nature. Prioritizing energy efficiency and minimal environmental impact, it offers an unparalleled living experience with wheelchair accessibility and a deep connection to its serene surroundings.
About The Villa in the Woods
Discover the Himalayan Haven
Perched at 6,700 feet (2,042 meters) in the Himalayas’ Kumaon range, “The Villa in the Woods” stands as a key part of a unique, self-sufficient community. This project brings residents closer to nature, offering a fresh perspective on hillside living.
Blending Design with Nature
Crafted by Studio Lotus, this home captures the spirit of treehouse living. It combines hand-crafted wood with modern style, creating a cozy, elevated retreat. Its design features large balconies and a pitched roof, connecting people with the green surroundings. Using timber, slate, and local stone, the villa respects the local Kumaoni style. It also considers the land, soil, and greenery in its design.
Easy Access and Eco-Friendly Approach
The villa is accessible to all, including wheelchair users, with elevators and broad walkways. It connects directly to the road, making access easy. The builders carefully chose the location for each home, making sure they fit well with the landscape. By using stilts, the villa has a small environmental footprint.
The building process is environmentally friendly. Using lightweight parts, the three-story villa is built with minimal impact on the land. This method saves resources and water, helping to keep the natural water paths intact.
Committed to Sustainability
The villa is a leader in sustainability. Its design uses the local landscape to keep temperatures comfortable all year. Water saving is crucial here, with all wastewater being recycled. The villa uses traditional building methods for modern needs. This includes managing daylight, ventilation, and keeping the house warm. Insulation in the walls, floors, and roof helps control the temperature. There’s also an advanced heating system for extra warmth and energy saving.
Photography courtesy Studio Lotus
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